Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas lost a front tooth during Sunday’s Game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards, and the team’s initial efforts to reinsert it were unsuccessful.
That didn’t stop Thomas from scoring a game-high 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting over 38 minutes while helping the Celtics rally from a 17-point deficit for a 123-111 triumph at TD Garden.
Thomas plans to have the tooth professionally reinserted; it came back out after the team repositioned it in the first half.
“It just bothers me to talk. My tongue goes right through my tooth,”
a lispy Thomas said at his postgame news conference. “I’ve never had dental problems, so this is new. I’ve always had teammates that I’ve always clowned them about the tooth being out, and now I’m one of them. So hopefully we can replace it as soon as possible.”